Last year, the Main Street Cultural District and its new director, Cindy Hicks, decided to start ramping up entertainment options in downtown Ames. One of its new marquee events, the organization announced, would be the Harley Bike Night. The spectacle went off with a bang last summer, and this year the MSCD scheduled it for the fourth Friday of every month from May to September, with the help of $1,100 from the city of Ames (PDF). (The event was cancelled in May due to stormy weather on the forecast.)
Yesterday, the bikers returned, along with a truck full of memorabilia smack dab in the center of the 200 block of Main Street with a Confederate flag flying on its roof — a racist throwback to the slave-owning South that Ames’ congressman Steve King would have viewed with pride.
Some of the bikers sported rebel flags of their own at the family-friendly event, which was also sponsored by Zylstra Harley Davidson, Fenders Honda, the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Main Street bro-bar Whiskey River.
Don’t fuck with the Hitman.
Cool Biker Stuff, a MSCD-sponsored Confederate flag shop in the middle of Main Street.
Save a virgin, do a rebel biker instead.
Are you ready for the next rebel yell?
“Sticks & stones may break my bones but whips & chains excite me,” words under the Confederate flag patch read.
Whether you’re a fan of cultural appropriation or the Confederate flag, you’ve got plenty of options to sport on your finger at the Bike Night ring shop.
Alternatively, you could wear a rebel flag bra.
Keeping safe with a little help from the Confederacy. (Update: See the comment below.)